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THE LATEST IN VSPS BOATING ACTIVITY INFORMATION

UPDATED 20180709

Some thoughts on Cruising

It seems logical to assume that folks who apply for Membership in Ventura Sail and Power Squadron plan to use boats [their own or others'] on the water. Here in Ventura County we are blessed with some of the finest boating waters in the Country. Let's enjoy them together.

Within easy reach we have Lake Piru, Lake Casitas and Lake Cachuma for small boat skiing and/or fishing. For a change in activity we have the Colorado River.

We also have the Santa Barbara Channel, with the Wonderful Channel Islands. Anacapa Island, only fifteen miles away, is great for a one-day adventure. Picnic ashore, or at anchor. In the early 80s the Squadron convened at Frenchy's Cove to witness the wedding of P/C Anderson with his bride, Dallas. But Anacapa offers a wonderful variety of activities, from scuba to hiking to fishing.

More advanced boating experiences begin when you go a bit further to Santa Cruz Island. Some seventeen miles away along and around the east end there are Yellow Banks, Smugglers Cove and Scorpion, all good, snug harbors, unless the Santa Ana Winds are blowing. [ take Dave Williams WEATHER Course, and avoid that.] But shelter may be found in varying conditions and wind directions along the North shore, which stretches some twenty miles further west towards Forney's cove. Forney's is sheltered from all but the west wind.

We don't need to travel to the South Pacific to enjoy a vacation-week [or more] cruise. A leisurely sail clockwise from Scorpion, around the east end, then along the south shore with a rest at Forney's, can finish with a couple of days in Santa Barbara Harbor.

Ventura Squadron will offer opportunities for new, less experienced boaters to build skills and enjoy these wonderful waters. We hope that you, our more experienced boaters, will join in to support our newcomers.

In 2007 we inaugurated our EGOB program. Many new boaters, or those whose experience has been limited to small, confined water, may be awed by our ocean. The presence of an Experienced Guest On Board can provide reassurance while the skipper becomes accustomed to these conditions. Here is an opportunity for some of us old timers who no longer own boats, to enjoy the sea again, while helping new boaters.

Because we are blessed with two harbors, we have identified a rendezvous point, halfway between them. Please mark it on your charts. RDV is at 34° 12.2' N, 119° 16.2' W. That is one mile off from the Mandalay power plant. As we plan outings this year, we will start from RDV.

P/C Hal Wilder, AP

VSPS has a copy of Fagan's Cruising Guide.  It is available on a sign-out-return basis,  Very useful for dreaming / planning.     
CONTACT

Your Cruise Committee:

Chairman

 

 

 

Member (SAIL)

 

 

 

Member (POWER)

     

Admin.Off.

Lt/C Lorna Londborg


 

 

VSPS 2018 CRUISE CALENDAR

April to Scorpion with VYC

19 May Peninsula Park Channel Islands Harbor

15-17 June Annual Cruise to Santa Barbara Harbor  

 
  

PLEASE CONTACT A MEMBER OF THE CRUISE COMMITTEE TO EXPRESS YOUR INTERESTS, IDEAS OR QUESTIONS

 

 

     



 

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